A hidden disability is a disability that may not visible or immediately obvious by talking to someone but can have a significant impact on a person’s life. ‘Hidden disabilities’ is an umbrella term that captures a spectrum of disabilities, which can include autism, epilepsy, acquired brain injuries, mental health conditions, learning difficulties, sensory impairments and chronic illnesses.
Since its launch in 2016, the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower helped raise awareness of hidden disabilities. It has been adopted globally by major airports and venues and in the UK, by many supermarkets, railway and coach stations, leisure facilities, the NHS, a number of police, fire and ambulance services, and an increasing number of small and large businesses and organisations.
Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower discreetly indicates to people around the wearer that they may need additional support, help or a little more time
Where can I collect a sunflower lanyard?
The University of South Wales is proud to support the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower. Sunflower lanyards are available free of charge to USW staff and students, and can be collected from Campus Advice Zone desks.
There is no qualifying list of disabilities for the scheme. Wearing the lanyard does not entitle the wearer to anything other than highlighting they have a hidden disability and may need assistance. Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower is a discreet way to choose to make the invisible visible. If you have a hidden disability and feel that you would benefit from wearing a Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyard, the University encourages you to do so.
Sunflower lanyards and face covering exemptions
Not everyone who wears a sunflower lanyard may be exempt from wearing a face covering during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, for some individuals the sunflower lanyard offers a discreet way of letting people know that they have a hidden disability and are therefore may be exempt. If you have a hidden disability and feel that you would benefit from wearing a Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyard, the University encourages you to do so.